Tanks highlight the shortcomings of the Russian defence industry. The nation’s main battle tank, the T-90, was criticised by military leaders who have now been removed, but it looks as if the ground forces will have to make do with further orders of the model as Russia spends trillions of rubles on improving weaponry.

WHEN Moscow launched its massive State Armament Programme (SAP), covering the period 2011-2020, a big question mark was raised over whether its military industries were good enough to meet the new demands.

The answer appears to be divided - especially when it comes to building tank...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The programme calls for a substantial upgrading of ground forces, including the delivery of some 2,300 tanks. This is where the question of technological standards becomes important
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